Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote in linguaphiles,

Norse for "Vampire Slayer"?

I'm writing some Buffy / Thor fanfic and want an old Norse version of "Vampire slayer," which Thor will use when addressing Buffy, saying something like "I am honoured to meet you, vampire slayer." I only want to translate the title "vampire slayer", not the whole phrase.

Wikipedia gives Buffy, Vampyrenes Skrekk as the Norwegian title for Buffy the Vampire Slayer; is there a better translation to old Norse, preferably without using accented characters?

This isn't incredibly important, so please don't waste a lot of time on it, but if someone knows I'd appreciate your help.
Tags: norwegian
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saigh_allaidh

June 5 2014, 00:24:01 UTC 3 months ago

I'm not someone who would normally talk "Old Norse" I know that variations of "vampire" came about pretty late and that is on my mind as I was discussing it with someone last night. I would think that "draugr" which apparently can refer to several types of revenants would be more likely. Another name would be "aptrgangr" which is apparently something like "again walker."

Oh, wait, in looking those up I found this which you might find helpful. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ghosts.shtml Okay, maybe a lot more than you are looking for, but she does offer some variations and details.

ffutures

June 5 2014, 09:52:10 UTC 3 months ago

Thanks!

saigh_allaidh

June 5 2014, 15:55:33 UTC 3 months ago

You're welcome! ~:)

totesmasc

June 6 2014, 19:18:50 UTC 3 months ago

i can't help you with the old norse, but (in case you haven't google translated it/don't know) "vampyrenes skrekk" doesn't actually translate to anything like "vampire slayer", it translates more to "the terror of vampires", as in "the one vampires fear". in the subtitles of the actual show, vampire slayer was translated to "vampyrjeger" (which more directly translates to "vampire hunter").

ffutures

July 21 2014, 20:19:09 UTC 2 months ago

A very belated Thank You - I've finally reached the part of the story that needs this and decided to check back, I think vampyrjeger will do very nicely.